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Billions of Dollars Made by Pollution Law?

Billions of Dollars Made by Pollution Law?

A new regulation proposed by the EPA called the Utility Toxics Rule has been found by a recent study to be very beneficial. The study conducted by Charles Ciccheti indicated the new regulation could help generate over 139 billion dollars and create about 115,000 jobs. The reason the study is so important is that it demolishes the tired ‘jobs vs. the environment’ chant repeated so often by some industrialists and their lobbyists.

Large corporate interests have tried to scare people for years about environmental regulation eliminating jobs. Jobs vs. the environment is actually just a rhetorical device called a false dilemma, which appears to present only two alternatives, and covers up the fact there may be a larger number of options. In the case of jobs, the economy, and environmental regulation, there is great complexity, so reducing it all down to a scare tactic to persuade people they will lose jobs if we take care of the environment is simply an attempt to manipulate with fear.

Jobs will be created if it is passed, because workers will be required to install the new pollution reduction technology, operate it and provide maintenance. Workers will be required to design, test and improve it. Training will be necessary for the new workers, and documentation of workflows.

The proposed toxics rule mainly targets reductions in air pollution from power plants. It aims to reduce mercury pollution which can cause brain damage, IQ loss, and diminish learning in children. It also will reduce carcinogens in the air, and therefore is likely to decrease cancer cases. A new rule that cuts air pollution from coal power plants, will be better for the health of people, animals and the rivers, streams ponds, and lakes near them.

The value of the predicted health benefits from the new rule has been estimated at $5-13 for each dollar spent. For example, the pollution reductions could prevent 6,000-17,000 premature deaths, 11,000 heart attacks, 120,000 asthma attacks, and 850,000 missed work days.

Clearly, without a healthy environment there can’t be healthy food production and healthy people. In extreme cases like Fukushima, Chernobyl and Superfund sites, the land and air become so polluted there can’t be any normal industry at all in these places.

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12:24AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

8:05PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Finally stop the industry from trying to pull the wool over people's eyes a little bit longer. Good to hear.

5:05PM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Thanks Jake!~

7:32PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

It seems logical that putting our focus on industry that helps our planet would create jobs, after all it's a fairly unexplored area so far. Employ people in research and development, physically building the products, distribution etc it is a gold mine without end as it also helps our planet to survive, fairly important if we're going to have jobs at all!

10:32AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

I don't know why more people can't see this for what it is - a common sense approach in making the world a better, healthier place to live! Think of all the amazing things we could do if we put people to work cleaning up the huge industrial mess greedy companies have made....

8:35PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

Any industry that creates so much damage to the environment that we all need to survive, should be unconstitutional, nationally and globally.

4:29PM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thank you, the environmental controls make a lot of sense.

3:00AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thank you for the info.

2:29AM PDT on Jul 21, 2011

Thanks for sharing...it makes a lot of sense and I don't understand why people haven't thought about this in the first place!

2:26PM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

great article---wish everyone in the world could read it.

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being genuinely sick deserves help and understanding - not inhumane treatment...

I believe the cat number is overestimated to get a point across.

There are some heartless people out there!!!!

Glad to hear someone actually cares about the fish they keep. too many people I know who have fish …

This is a no-brainer.

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